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Powder Metallurgy / Introduction / Process / Methods

September 16, 2011

Definition:

The Process of producing components from metallic powder parts made by powder metallurgy may contain non-metallic constituents to improve the bonding qualities and properties.

Number and variety of products made by powder metallurgy are continuously increasing:

  1. Tungsten Filaments for Lamps
  2. Contact Point relays
  3. Self lubricating bearings
  4. Cemented carbides for cutting tools etc.

02-PowderManufacturing-metallurgy-particles

 

Characters of Metal Powders:

  • Shape:

It is influenced by the way it’s made. The shape may be spherical (atomization) (Electrolysis) flat or angular (Mechanical crushing). The particle shape influences the flow characteristics of powders.

  • Particle Size (Fineness) and size distribution:

Particle Size and Distribution are important factors which controls the porosity, Compressibility and amount of shrinkage. Proper particle size and size distribution are determined by passing the powder through a standard sieves ranging from 45 to 150 micrometer mesh.

  • Flowability:

The ability of the powders to flow readily and conform to the mould cavity. The flow rate helps to determine to possible production rate.

  • Compressibility:

It’s defines as the volume of initial powder (Powder loosely filled in cavity) to the volume of compact part. Depends on particle shape & size distribution.

  • Apparent Density:

The Apparent density depends on particle size is defined as the ratio of volume to weight of loosely filled mixture.

  • Green strength:

It refer to strength of a compact part prior to sintering. It depends on compressibility and helps to handle the parts during the mass production.

  • Purity:

Impurities affects sintering & Compacting Oxides & Gaseous impurities can be removed from the part during sintering by the use of a reducing atmosphere.

  • Sintering ability:

It is the ability which promotes bonding of particles by the application of heat.

 

Powder Metallurgy Process steps:

 

01-powder-metallurgy-process-step by step

 

01-powder metallurgy processes-mixing-finished product

 

02-finished product 

Manufacture of Metal Powders:

Methods:

  • Mechanical pulverization:

Machining, Drilling or Grinding of metals is used to convert them to powders.

  • Machining:

It Produces coarse particles (Flack form) especially Magnesium powders.

  • Milling or Grinding:

It suitable for brittle materials.

  • Shorting:

The process of dropping molten metal through a Sieve or small orifice in to water. This produces Spherical particles or larger size. Commonly used for metals of low melting point.

03-mechanical pulverization-milling-powder

04-crushing-shredding-conveyors-powder

 

  • Atomizing:

In this molten metal is forced through a nozzle, and a stream of compressed air, stream or Inert gas is directed on it break up into five particles. Powders obtained in irregular in shapes. Atomization commonly used for aluminium, Zinc, Tin, Cadmium and other metals of low melting point.

03-atomization-powder metallurgy

 

  • Electrolytic deposition:

It’s used mainly for producing iron and copper powders. These are dense structure with low apparent density. It consists of depositing metal on cathode plate by conventional electrolysis processes. The Cathode paltes are removed and the deposited powder is scraped off. The powder is wasted, dried, screened & oversized particles are milled or ground for fineness. The powder is further subjected to heat treatment to remove the work hardening effect.

  • Chemical reduction:

It’s used for producing iron, Copper, Tungsten, Molybdenum, Nickel & Cobalt powder process consists of reducing the metal oxides by means of carbon monoxide or Hydrogen. After reduction, the powder is usually ground & Sized.

 

Forming to shape:

  1. The process of mixing the powders is called Blending.
  2. The Loose powders are formed in to shape by compacting.

METALLURGY

August 23, 2011

Definition:

The Process of producing components from metallic powder parts made by powder metallurgy may contain non-metallic constituents to improve the bonding qualities and properties.

Number and variety of products made by powder metallurgy are continuously increasing:

    1. Tungsten Filaments for Lamps
    2. Contact Point relays
    3. Self lubricating bearings
    4. Cemented carbides for cutting tools etc.

02-PowderManufacturing-metallurgy-particles

 

Characters of Metal Powders:

  • Shape:

It is influenced by the way it’s made. The shape may be spherical (atomization) (Electrolysis) flat or angular (Mechanical crushing). The particle shape influences the flow characteristics of powders.

  • Particle Size (Fineness) and size distribution:

Particle Size and Distribution are important factors which controls the porosity, Compressibility and amount of shrinkage. Proper particle size and size distribution are determined by passing the powder through a standard sieves ranging from 45 to 150 micrometer mesh.

  • Flowability:

The ability of the powders to flow readily and conform to the mould cavity. The flow rate helps to determine to possible production rate.

  • Compressibility:

It’s defines as the volume of initial powder (Powder loosely filled in cavity) to the volume of compact part. Depends on particle shape & size distribution.

  • Apparent Density:

The Apparent density depends on particle size is defined as the ratio of volume to weight of loosely filled mixture.

  • Green strength:

It refer to strength of a compact part prior to sintering. It depends on compressibility and helps to handle the parts during the mass production.

  • Purity:

Impurities affects sintering & Compacting Oxides & Gaseous impurities can be removed from the part during sintering by the use of a reducing atmosphere.

  • Sintering ability:

It is the ability which promotes bonding of particles by the application of heat.

 

Powder Metallurgy Process steps:

 

01-powder-metallurgy-process-step by step


 

01-powder metallurgy processes-mixing-finished product

 

02-finished product 

Manufacture of Metal Powders:

Methods:

  • Mechanical pulverization:

Machining, Drilling or Grinding of metals is used to convert them to powders.

  • Machining:

It Produces coarse particles (Flack form) especially Magnesium powders.

  • Milling or Grinding:

It suitable for brittle materials.

  • Shorting:

The process of dropping molten metal through a Sieve or small orifice in to water. This produces Spherical particles or larger size. Commonly used for metals of low melting point.

03-mechanical pulverization-milling-powder

04-crushing-shredding-conveyors-powder

 

  • Atomizing:

In this molten metal is forced through a nozzle, and a stream of compressed air, stream or Inert gas is directed on it break up into five particles. Powders obtained in irregular in shapes. Atomization commonly used for aluminium, Zinc, Tin, Cadmium and other metals of low melting point.

03-atomization-powder metallurgy

 

  • Electrolytic deposition:

It’s used mainly for producing iron and copper powders. These are dense structure with low apparent density. It consists of depositing metal on cathode plate by conventional electrolysis processes. The Cathode paltes are removed and the deposited powder is scraped off. The powder is wasted, dried, screened & oversized particles are milled or ground for fineness. The powder is further subjected to heat treatment to remove the work hardening effect.

  • Chemical reduction:

It’s used for producing iron, Copper, Tungsten, Molybdenum, Nickel & Cobalt powder process consists of reducing the metal oxides by means of carbon monoxide or Hydrogen. After reduction, the powder is usually ground & Sized.

 

Forming to shape:

    1. The process of mixing the powders is called Blending.
    2. The Loose powders are formed in to shape by compacting.

METALLURGY

August 23, 2011

Definition:

The Process of producing components from metallic powder parts made by powder metallurgy may contain non-metallic constituents to improve the bonding qualities and properties.

Number and variety of products made by powder metallurgy are continuously increasing:

    1. Tungsten Filaments for Lamps
    2. Contact Point relays
    3. Self lubricating bearings
    4. Cemented carbides for cutting tools etc.

02-PowderManufacturing-metallurgy-particles

 

Characters of Metal Powders:

  • Shape:

It is influenced by the way it’s made. The shape may be spherical (atomization) (Electrolysis) flat or angular (Mechanical crushing). The particle shape influences the flow characteristics of powders.

  • Particle Size (Fineness) and size distribution:

Particle Size and Distribution are important factors which controls the porosity, Compressibility and amount of shrinkage. Proper particle size and size distribution are determined by passing the powder through a standard sieves ranging from 45 to 150 micrometer mesh.

  • Flowability:

The ability of the powders to flow readily and conform to the mould cavity. The flow rate helps to determine to possible production rate.

  • Compressibility:

It’s defines as the volume of initial powder (Powder loosely filled in cavity) to the volume of compact part. Depends on particle shape & size distribution.

  • Apparent Density:

The Apparent density depends on particle size is defined as the ratio of volume to weight of loosely filled mixture.

  • Green strength:

It refer to strength of a compact part prior to sintering. It depends on compressibility and helps to handle the parts during the mass production.

  • Purity:

Impurities affects sintering & Compacting Oxides & Gaseous impurities can be removed from the part during sintering by the use of a reducing atmosphere.

  • Sintering ability:

It is the ability which promotes bonding of particles by the application of heat.

 

Powder Metallurgy Process steps:

 

01-powder-metallurgy-process-step by step


 

01-powder metallurgy processes-mixing-finished product

 

02-finished product 

Manufacture of Metal Powders:

Methods:

  • Mechanical pulverization:

Machining, Drilling or Grinding of metals is used to convert them to powders.

  • Machining:

It Produces coarse particles (Flack form) especially Magnesium powders.

  • Milling or Grinding:

It suitable for brittle materials.

  • Shorting:

The process of dropping molten metal through a Sieve or small orifice in to water. This produces Spherical particles or larger size. Commonly used for metals of low melting point.

03-mechanical pulverization-milling-powder

04-crushing-shredding-conveyors-powder

 

  • Atomizing:

In this molten metal is forced through a nozzle, and a stream of compressed air, stream or Inert gas is directed on it break up into five particles. Powders obtained in irregular in shapes. Atomization commonly used for aluminium, Zinc, Tin, Cadmium and other metals of low melting point.

03-atomization-powder metallurgy

 

  • Electrolytic deposition:

It’s used mainly for producing iron and copper powders. These are dense structure with low apparent density. It consists of depositing metal on cathode plate by conventional electrolysis processes. The Cathode paltes are removed and the deposited powder is scraped off. The powder is wasted, dried, screened & oversized particles are milled or ground for fineness. The powder is further subjected to heat treatment to remove the work hardening effect.

  • Chemical reduction:

It’s used for producing iron, Copper, Tungsten, Molybdenum, Nickel & Cobalt powder process consists of reducing the metal oxides by means of carbon monoxide or Hydrogen. After reduction, the powder is usually ground & Sized.

 

Forming to shape:

    1. The process of mixing the powders is called Blending.
    2. The Loose powders are formed in to shape by compacting.

FINISHING OPERATIONS

August 23, 2011

Sizing:

Repressing the sintered component in a die to meet required tolerances.

06-measurement-sizing-tolerance-measurement

02-Sizing-Sintering-Height gauge

Coining:

Repressing the sintered component in a die to increase the density and to give additional strength.

03-coldforge-coining

Infiltration:

Filling the pores of sintered product with molten metal to improve the physical properties.

Impregnation:

Filling of Oil, Grease or other Lubricants in a Sintered components such as Porous Heating

Machining:


Removing excess material by using cutting tool to imparts specific features such as Threads, Grooves, Undercuts etc, which are not practicable in powder metallurgy process.

04-thread cutting-powder metallurgy

Heat Treatment:

Process of Heating & Cooling at a desired rate to improve Grain Structure, Strength & Hardness.

05-heattreatment-metals-hardening

Plating:

Used for obtaining Resistance to Corrosion or better appearance.

05-electro plating-methods-examples

05-electro plating-application-examples

Powder metallurgy is used in the following industries:

  • Automotive (Brake pads, Gear parts, Connecting rods, Planetary carriers, Sintered Engine Bearings);

07-composite gears-automobile-parts

  • Aerospace (Light weight Aluminum base structural materials, High temperature Composite materials);

07-Aeroplane-boeing-powder-metallurgy-applications

07-composite-parts-Aerospace

  • Cutting tools (Hard metals, Diamond containing materials);

07-milling-cutters-tooling

  • Medicine (Dental implants, Surgical instruments);

07-medical-applications-powder metallurgy

  • Abrasives (Grinding and Polishing wheels and Discs);
  • Electrical, Electronic and Computer parts (Permanent magnets, Electrical contacts).

 

07-electronics-computer parts

FINISHING OPERATIONS

August 23, 2011

Sizing:

Repressing the sintered component in a die to meet required tolerances.

06-measurement-sizing-tolerance-measurement

02-Sizing-Sintering-Height gauge

Coining:

Repressing the sintered component in a die to increase the density and to give additional strength.

03-coldforge-coining

Infiltration:

Filling the pores of sintered product with molten metal to improve the physical properties.

Impregnation:

Filling of Oil, Grease or other Lubricants in a Sintered components such as Porous Heating

Machining:


Removing excess material by using cutting tool to imparts specific features such as Threads, Grooves, Undercuts etc, which are not practicable in powder metallurgy process.

04-thread cutting-powder metallurgy

Heat Treatment:

Process of Heating & Cooling at a desired rate to improve Grain Structure, Strength & Hardness.

05-heattreatment-metals-hardening

Plating:

Used for obtaining Resistance to Corrosion or better appearance.

05-electro plating-methods-examples

05-electro plating-application-examples

Powder metallurgy is used in the following industries:

  • Automotive (Brake pads, Gear parts, Connecting rods, Planetary carriers, Sintered Engine Bearings);

07-composite gears-automobile-parts

  • Aerospace (Light weight Aluminum base structural materials, High temperature Composite materials);

07-Aeroplane-boeing-powder-metallurgy-applications

07-composite-parts-Aerospace

  • Cutting tools (Hard metals, Diamond containing materials);

07-milling-cutters-tooling

  • Medicine (Dental implants, Surgical instruments);

07-medical-applications-powder metallurgy

  • Abrasives (Grinding and Polishing wheels and Discs);
  • Electrical, Electronic and Computer parts (Permanent magnets, Electrical contacts).

 

07-electronics-computer parts